UK: Pro-Palestine rally slams football friendly with Israel

Dozens of protesters gathered close to the Rise sculpture in west Belfast on Tuesday, in a show of solidarity for Palestinians, calling for the planned Northern Ireland's friendly football match against Israel in Windsor Park to be called off. A small pro-Israel demo, waving Israeli and Union Jack flags, countered the protest with police heavily monitoring the situation. Pro-Palestine group... Еще BDS Ireland, part of the ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ movement, along with Sinn Fein, were among the parties asking for the match to be called off due to the ongoing violence against palestinian protesters and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. Over 5,000 people signed a petition calling for the game to be called off. «Whilst the Israeli national team are free to travel and flourish worldwide, the Palestinian national team are blocked from doing so due to disgraceful restrictions placed on citizens in the West Bank and the Israeli created open air prison of Gaza,» stated Sinn Fein elected official Sinead Ennis. Despite the calls, the match went ahead with Northern Ireland emerging victorious over Israel 3:0.

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